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National Army Museum

State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
+64 6-387 6911
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Great Fun

Our tour guide was an Englishman, highly knowledgeable. We got to see the VC medals and knighthood... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
VeeIvanov
Crash Course to NZ Military History

If you want to learn NZ military history this museum is a great place to visit. The museum was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Viljami T
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The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a unique collection of military exhibits, vehicles, memorabilia and public research material. The Museum is guardian to many of our national treasures, the displays are exceptional, the experience unforgettable.The Museum's Military Archive & Research Library is one of the leading military research centres in New Zealand. The Museum Gift Shop has an assortment of quality products for any special occasion. Kidz HQ is an interactive area for the children to enjoy; with puzzles, dress up and so much more. Our Cafe offers an array of tempting morsels to satisfy your taste buds.The National Army Museum open from 9.00am - 4.30pm seven days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day when the Museum is closed). Discover New Zealand's military history, engage with real life soldiers' stories and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
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+64 6-387 6911
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our tour guide was an Englishman, highly knowledgeable. We got to see the VC medals and knighthood insignia. Ideal for kids and parents, there's a cafe and toilets, free car parking. They're building a new information centre which I think will be a great additional...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you want to learn NZ military history this museum is a great place to visit. The museum was larger than I expected which was a nice surprise for a history buff such as myself. The place has many life size exhibits which help you...More

Thank Viljami T
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in the history of NZ then spending a few hours here is well worth it. $15 to get in but then you are transformed into a timeline of NZ military history. Most conflicts are covered in a genuine and unbiased way....More

Thank Bryan B
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your feedback Bryan and glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed June 13, 2017

My husband and I spent hours enjoying the displays and learning the history of the New Zealand army. Displays were well kept and informative. Loved the fact that I was able to search for family members who had served New Zealand, the tears on Greenstone...More

Thank Cherylne
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

Thank you for your comments

Reviewed May 30, 2017 via mobile

Hadn't been here for 20 or so years. Displays well done but let down by poor food at the cafe and generally disinterested staff.More

Thank keriman
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

Thanks for your comments and sorry to hear of your poor Cafe experience. The Cafe is an important part of our museum experience and whilst we outsource this function to a separate company we strive to work hard together to deliver an excellent product and...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

The wife and I stopped here during a freak blizzard as we were driving south. Was a great stop with lots of history to see. Worth the visit and doesn't take too long to see it all. If your in the area it's worth stopping...More

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Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

Thanks for your comments

Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

We had such a great time here. The kids absolutely loved dressing up in the kids HQ. Impressive displays and friendly staff!

Thank Hayley M
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2017

Thanks for your feedback. We try and have plenty of activities for the kids to do.

Reviewed April 29, 2017

Had a great day. Needed far more time to read all the incredibly detailed and informative boards. Was great to see an SLR in its broken down form. Great memories for me as it was the same model as I used in marksman competitions. Such...More

Thank keithmegkai1
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit and thanks for your feedback.

Reviewed April 24, 2017 via mobile

Really good museum and it has really good displays and it is very interesting to read. The shop is a great place to find good fiction and nonfiction books on the wars NZ has been in. The only thing s the price, but it is...More

Thank SamuelCase
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2017

Thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed your visit. The Museum is a Registered Charitable Trust and the revenue from admissions is put back into the museum to pay for exhibits, educational programmes and the care of the objects in our collection. We appreciate...More

Reviewed April 23, 2017

While The National Army Museum is predominantly showing the European side of New Zealand's Military history there is quite a bit of Māori history I saw in the structure and the way the Army worked, If you can allow 3 or more hours to look...More

Thank Macca M
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2017

Thanks for your positive words, it means a lot to the staff who work here.

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